I have an entity reference field (users) on a node in D8, and the autocomplete suggestions won't show unless the User > Administer Users permission is granted to the role.

I'm trying to let event creators select who is presenting a certain topic, but I don't want them to be able to edit users' settings. Any ideas?

  • Aye - the alpha field permissions module seems to have been interfering somehow, thanks!
    – W01F
    Jun 28, 2016 at 0:46
  • I moved it as answer if you'd like to let other know about the issue.
    – Shawn Conn
    Jun 28, 2016 at 0:59

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The endpoint that provides AJAX entity reference completion (system.entity_autocomplete in system.routing.yml) is configured with with requirements._access: 'TRUE' property. This should make the /entity_reference_autocomplete/%/%/% path accessible to any user.

As such, check for any module that might be modifying its permissions.

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